Don’t end up in the Dead Zoo

The time has come to stand up for our futures and for the future our planet. To stand with us and other environmental groups at Dublin’s iconic Dead Zoo, Merrion Street on November 17th – Rebellion Day 2-3pm.

As Eamon writes “We can no longer accept our government’s continued apathy towards environmental issues, in the face of report after report outlining in no uncertain terms the far-reaching ramifications of climate breakdown and the devastating levels of destruction being wrought on our planet.

We are in the midst of an extinction crisis. Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970. Our climate is becoming more unstable due to our continued dependence on fossil fuels, driving even more species closer to the brink and threatening our own species too. We cannot stand idly by as ecosystems collapse and our life-support is switched off. There is no planet B.

And yet, less than one month after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that humanity has less than 12 years to stop dangerous, runaway climate breakdown, and just ONE DAY after the World Wildlife Fund study revealed that humans have caused a 60% decline in wildlife populations since 1970, Fine Gael expressed their ongoing commitment to oil and gas exploration.

This is a government who have resisted calls for emergency climate measures, stalled on action on microbeads, blocked measures to reduce the tide of plastic waste, and introduced harmful measures that extend the hedge-cutting and upland burning seasons – all the while claiming that tackling climate change is their number one priority. Retrograde measures, failure to protect our wildlife and biodiversity, failure to climate-proof the National Development plan, combined with ongoing climate inaction – it’s time to act.

Join us to highlight the extinction crisis and demand climate action. If you are fearful, if you are frustrated, if you’ve had enough, take this opportunity to express yourself and to get climate action on the political agenda. Time is running out.

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This will be a welcoming and family friendly event, open to anyone who cares about life on earth!

No connection but related to the EPA lecture of 6th Nov which could be summarised by the remark ‘that when the daytime temperature is 40/50 degrees Centigrade, people sweat and must drink fluid to live; if there is none, people fight and die’.

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Step Backwards for Ireland, Step Forward to the World

There are two types of people in Ireland. One type is Gaelic and Ulster-Scots, religious, traditional and insular – our way or no way. Second type is people who want a progressive modern republic taking advantage of new ideas and thought. Some political parties are into opaque politics, ‘Whatever you’re having yourself’.

Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resource, Seán Canney TD, Independent TD, opened the 2018 Atlantic Ireland Conference at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road last week. Included in his speech are the lines “Let me turn to the Climate Emergency Measures Bill, which proposes, in effect, to stop future oil and gas licensing offshore Ireland. Whilst no doubt well-intentioned, the Bill will do nothing to reduce our use of oil or gas, it will do nothing to help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and it will do nothing to help us meet our 2020 and 2030 energy and climate targets. Instead, it proposes simply to bind us to only importing our future oil or gas needs.” Sounds old-style Fianna Fail. Read his speech in full here.

Just what is this Fine Gael/’Old Men’ government doing to prepare Ireland for the future? Why not look at developments outside the ‘door’? Whatever about Climate Change/ Species Extinction/ New Technology some people would rather keep to old dirty polluting ideas – hear nothing, see nothing, do nothing!

Eight days earlier, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates joined over 50 leaders committed to circular economy impact by joining the Platform for  Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE). PACE is fast-tracking circular economy solutions to pressing environmental challenges, from electronic waste to plastic pollution. An immediate  response is to consider the end use of every item one purchases – is it re-usable, recyclable, resalable, adaptable, easy to dismantle? Do I really need it?

China leapfrogged from the bicycle age to the automobile age in just 20 years. Before 1994, most people in China were still getting around on bicycles. Fast forward 15 years, and China had dislodged the U.S. to become the world’s largest car market – with 13.6 million in unit sales per year. Now, China’s automotive market is leapfrogging into to the age of the electric vehicle. By 2015, there were more than 20 different models of EVs being sold in China.  Last year, over 777,000 EVs were sold in China. That was a 53 percent jump from the previous year. Overall, China now accounts for two-thirds of global sales of EVs. (By comparison, Europe is behind but manufacturers are slowly catching up. Ireland with 0.3% of China population,  a grand total of 1811 BEVs (new and used) registered so far this year, and we could reach 2000 units by the end of the year, % are similar to China.) courtesy Irish EV Owners

The Chinese government wants electric vehicles to account for 10 percent of total vehicle sales in the country by 2020, and 20 percent by 2025.  (Like Fine Gae aspire to, but what is the Government of Ireland doing to match EU targets?) This network will include up to 500,000 public charging stations and cover residential areas, business districts, public spaces and inter-city highways. As of last year, China already had 214,000 charging stations installed. That was an increase of 51 percent from 2016. So they’re on track to reach their goal.

(ESB have about 800 slowish (1 hour to overnight) charge points (not stations). On-street 22Kw dual point (max 80 miles of range per hour) which they may upgrade to add to 70 public Fast Charging points (43Kw, advertised as 20-60+ minutes to 80% depending on state and size of battery capacity – time for coffee/lunch/rest/shopping/toilet break). Not as fast as the best, nor the exclusive 120Kw Superchargers (off-street, multi point, 24/7) for Tesla EVs, 150miles per 30 minutes! The largest Tesla Supercharger station in Nebbenes, Norway has 30 charging points now, and will have 44, Superchargers; a single charging station with almost as many points as Ireland in a country with a population of 5.2 million people!

The Chinese government will also require new residential complexes to build charging points or assign space for them. At least 10 percent of public parking will need to have charging facilities. In 2016, China’s Traffic Management Bureau introduced “green license plates” to differentiate EVs from normal petrol-powered vehicles. Cars with these green license plates enjoy preferential policies. These include exemptions from measures that ban the use of cars to one day each week. In some selected cities, green license plate vehicles can use the bus lane during rush hour. Probably the most effective support for EVs is the vehicle quota system. It was implemented in heavily congested cities in 2011. Not everyone who wants a petrol/diesel-powered car in China can just buy one and start driving it. In Beijing, for instance, the government is limiting the number of new petrol-powered cars to hit the streets to just 40,000 a year.

This dissuades consumers from buying a petrol-fuelled car and encourages them to buy an electric vehicle instead. EVs have a much higher quota (and sometimes no quota at all) than petrol-fuelled cars. And of course, government-backed discounts can be as much as 40 percent of the sticker price. With such strong government support, a booming network of charging stations and competitive prices, it’s almost a certainty that EV sales in China will continue to soar. (China is a major vehicle manufacturer, in addition to being an importer.)

Article courtesy of Asia Wealth Investment

So the message, as progressive Europeans are doing in droves:

Think and Vote GREEN Party

 

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October 2018

Please come to a PidgeQuiz and support our candidate MICHAEL PIDGEON in his quest for a seat on Dublin City Council as a Representative for the

SOUTH WEST INNER CITY WARD

Date: 1st November 2018 @ 17.30

Place: Oscars Cafe Bar, Christchurch – 16-18 Fishamble Street, Dublin 8

Confirm on https://www.facebook.com/events/2189670741314065/

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Dark Green Thoughts

I attended a Stop Climate Chaos/350.org meeting recently. A topic caught my attention ‘Are we all climate change deniers?’ Closer to believing Trump’s beautiful MAGA world for winners behind walls while ignoring Brussel’s eco-socialist Europe attempt to save the world. Ignorance & over-reliance on unknown & unbuilt technologies, hope for a few vs despair for the vulnerable.

To quote from 350.org: “Even if we do manage to keep 80% of fossil fuels in the ground, a world that’s 2°C warmer is going to be a much different, scarier place. We’re only at +1°C now, and we’re already seeing more storms, flooding, heatwaves, drought, and island nations at risk of going underwater. +2°C is going to mean a lot of human suffering, and tremendous damage to the planet.”

To quote from the EPA website: “Fossil fuels accounted for 77 per cent of all energy used in Ireland in 2015 with oil continuing to be the dominant energy source in 2015, with a share of 57 per cent.”  The European Commission is looking at ways to make the European economy more climate-friendly and less energy-consuming, suggesting that: by 2050, the EU members should cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels. Milestones to achieve this are 40% emissions cuts by 2030 and 60% by 2040. All sectors need to contribute.

The Irish government sustainable targets are way out the window. Instead of a 20% reduction from 1990 figures by 2020, Ireland is 20% over and climbing, which makes a 40% reduction by 2030 almost impossible. Cutting 80% of current demand in 32 years!!  It is essential to accept that all future development will be limited by climate change targets.EU growth policy will switch to circular, sustainable systems. It is unclear how Brexit and EU-tariffs will impact on the ‘just-in-time’ supply network for Irish supermarkets from British suppliers and manufacturers and visa-versa This might be the next economic crash.

For example, do we need another runway at Dublin airport by 2030 if flying becomes unacceptable or population is decentralised? Spending a fortune on piping water from the Shannon to Dublin rather than minimising leaks and increasing efficiency in a smaller city? Dredging Dublin Bay and adapting the port to accommodate massive cruise-liners so 4,000 people can spend 8 hours in Dublin city? Building highways for commuters to Dublin when government policy is to develop the secondary cities, reduce fossil fuel sales, increase rail travel and control electricity demand? Is this the last gasp of intensive fossil fuel burning, greenhouse gas emitting capitalism to take profits from the public purse? Like a dying wasp sucks juice from a withering peach before a 100-year winter?

Future housing across Ireland must be in livable neighborhoods where people can ‘work, rest and play’ with safe cycling, walking, a few electric/hydrogen cars, local bus routes and Dial a Taxi for the infirm, intensive food growing on city edges, local processing and home-delivery by bicycle or electric van. Governments will have to balance decarbonisation, degrowth, decentralisation and possibly lower tax revenue with maintaining the quality of life. Finding ways to do more with less, for all,  less cars & planes and more trains.

The Dublin Bus area plan building a network of “next generation” bus corridors on the busiest bus routes using ‘hubs’ and ‘crossing routes’ to make bus journeys faster, predictable and reliable; completely redesigning the network of bus routes to provide a more efficient network, connecting more places and carrying more passengers. In theory it is a good idea taking some of the cross-city bus fleet away from O’Connell Street, adding an orbital route (Line O) around the North and South Circular Roads, ‘Park & Ride’ and feeding passengers to/from existing Luas stations  My questions are: will all be ready before the ‘next generation’ starts (road-widening, electronic signing, union recognition, shelters, etc), does it meet future needs for a car-free city, or will it be a waste of money with too many empty buses?

Harold’s Cross. Between the A and F spines, an additional radial is needed solely to serve the segment of Harold’s Cross Road between Harold’s Cross and Terenure. Route 16 is retained for this purpose, operating every 20 minutes all day and every 10 minutes at peak times. Beyond Terenure this route resembles the current 15b route to Stocking Ave.
Kimmage, Perrystown, Greenhills. The F spine, branching at Kimmage, provides direct city service to most of these areas, supplemented by one branch of the D spine. Note that the F1 and F2 provide 15 minutes service when together, 30 when apart (10 minutes and 20 minutes respectively at peak times). This area currently has a range of frequencies in the 15-30 minute range. We standardise these to 15 or 30, with 15 minute
service focused on the places of highest demand.
Kildare Road, Clogher Road, Donore Ave. This segment of today’s Route 150 has relatively low demand, and parts of its service area can also walk to the D spine or the new orbital Line O. A half-hourly radial, Route 20, is proposed. The route continues to Tallaght.
Crumlin Road, Cork St. The D spine replaces the three main overlapping routes (27, 77a, 151) on this segment, to deliver a consistent 5 minute frequency out to Crumlin Hospital. From there, the main branches are D2 toward Tallaght (like existing 27) and D3 toward Clondalkin, both every 15 minutes. A small branch D4, every 30 minutes, assists in covering parts of Perrystown.
Kilmainham, Rialto, Inchicore, Islandbridge. This is a very complex area where the street pattern and natural barriers defeat all reasonable routing schemes. We sought to reduce the tangle of current routes to create simple frequent patterns, even if people had to walk slightly further to them. The G Spine, every 7.5 minutes, follows Emmet Road through this area, like existing Route 40. The addition of the orbital Line O and Route S2 provide frequent service to Rialto and the area west of St. James’ Hospital, replacing the need for today’s Route 123. Instead, a new Route 22 would serve the area west of Suir, but then continuing north via Islandbridge to Heuston and the northern edge of the city centre.
Three short segments in this area currently receive bus service along Mourne Road, Keeper Road, and a portion of South Circular Road, but all are within easy walking distance of Luas or other frequent routes in the proposed network.

Housing: We are in favour of the cost-rental model for immediate housing in the Inchicore and across Ireland, where people can work, rest & play, close to family and friends. Large, friendly, low-level apartments with amenities. Cost of buying means young working families from the area need years of saving to buy city homes, so instead buy in Laois and commute for hours each day which negates every ‘better life policy’. The existing Red Luas line (Tallaght to The Point) allows easy access to good jobs in James’s, manufacturing, hospitality and retail. The shops, museums, cafes, the schools and sports clubs need young people living in the neighbourhood to create a vibrant society.

Finally, we ask you to support the Uplift campaign Stop putting down concrete and gravel – start planting NATIVE species!! 

Congratulations and welcome to Councillor Patrick Costello who will contest the Kimmage-Rathmines Ward in the forthcoming local elections.

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New local election boundaries in Dublin South Centrally

In June, the boundaries for the electoral areas for the 2019 local elections were announced. You can read the full report at this link, but here is a summary for our voters and members in Dublin South Central.

Most of Inchicore and Islandbridge have been removed from Ballyfermot-Drimnagh, with only the “Inchicore A” district, which is an area centred around the Oblates on Tyrconnell road remaining. There will be 5 councilors elected, a reduction from 5 from 2014, when Oisín Ó hAlmhain got 550 votes, which was well short of a seat. This area also includes those parts of Walkinstown that are in the city council area.

The area of South West of Inner City, which is the same as it was before the 2014 election spans from the Liffey to the Canal, between Inchicore and Patrick Street. This includes some communities who have voted green in great numbers in the past, and as part of a wider South Inner City elected Ciaran Cuffe to the council in 1999!

The remainder of Crumlin and Kimmage now joins Terenure and Rathmimes in a 6 seater Kimmage-Rathmines area. In 2014 Councillor Patrick Costello topped the poll in the part of this area which was in Dublin Bay South, and we have a number of hard working local members in this area. This also includes the lower end of Drimnagh from Benbulbin Road down to Dolphin Road.

Finally, Perrystown, Greenhills, Whitehall Road and Fortfield are part of a 7 seater Rathfarnham-Templeogue. This area had a green Councillor in the past in Tony McDermott from 2004-2009. It also stretches to the few houses around Ballymount & Fox & Geese off the Naas Road.

There will be selection conventions in the near future to choose Green Party candidates to run in each of these wards. In the meantime we hope you are getting ready to get our there and help canvass for your local representative. While the number of seats in each area have been reduced, which makes it harder for candidates from smaller parties to get elected, we relish the challenge, and look forward to having great candidates in each of the areas with a good chance of having at least 3 councilors in 2019!

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Core Bus Corridors through DSC

DSC Green Party broadly welcomes the report on future plans for Dublin Bus, pedestrians and cycle routes called the Dublin Core Bus Corridor project. However at times this reads like another report in 50 years of reports by the “more-roads lobby” suggesting the removal of some “pinch-points” by directing other traffic onto other roads, new roads, residential “ratruns” or by road-widening. Cheap short-term solutions like restricting the access of private cars to certain areas at certain times, (as is happening in cities across the world) and longer term solutions in building  ‘cut & cover’ comuter rail and increasing population density in the city making personal ownership of cars unnecessary and encouraging walking, cycling and car-sharing and taxis are not covered.  What % of car-drivers commute from outside Dublin Bus catchment areas? Will Dublin Bus provide free, secure parking beside bus termini? A silo report for a city of silo reports!

Download the PDF report with route maps here: Bus Connects Dublin Bus Corridor Project June 2018

Routes affected within the constituency and problems highlighted are:

6 – Lucan to Stoneybatter along the bypass to Houston Station – new priority bus lanes over M50

7 – Liffey Vally via Ballyfermot, Inchicore, Kilmainham, The Liberties – As Ballyfermot Road between Le Fanu Road and Kylemore Road is too narrow, one option would be to divert inbound traffic via Le Fanu Road and Kylemore Road. Mount Brown and Old Kilmainham Road are too narrow for both bus lanes and general traffic lanes. Mount Brown would therefore be restricted to public transport, cyclists and local access. Through traffic would have to be diverted via the Liffey quays or South Circular Road.

8 – Clondalkin to Drimnagh – Bus lanes could be accommodated at the M50 underpass by routing cyclists on to the Grand Canal greenway.

9 – Greenhills to city centre – New link roads would be built to divert all traffic via Calmount Avenue and Calmount Road while maintaining access to the old section of Greenhills Road.

10 – Kimmage to city centre – Kimmage Road Lower between Sundrive Road and Harold’s Cross would be limited to buses, bicycles and taxis. Through traffic would be diverted via Larkfield Park and Harold’s Cross Road or via Sundrive Road and Clogher Road.

11 – Tallaght to Terenure – Templeogue Road would become one-way outbound for general traffic while permitting taxis, buses and bicycles to travel in both directions. Inbound general traffic would divert via Cypress Grove Road or via Springfield Road to Rathfarnham Road.

Have your say at the public consultation in September / October this year. Or speak to Ed or Oisin.

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Local Events from Meeting on 6th June 2018

Councillor OssianSmyth

Green Party Councillor Ossian Smyth was been elected Mayor of Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown on Monday 11th June 2018.

 
Councillor Smyth, who represents the Dún Laoghaire Ward on DLR County Council, becomes the first ever Green Party Mayor of DLR Co Co.
 
Speaking following his election, Councillor Smyth said: “It’s a huge honour to be elected Mayor of Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown. Becoming the first Green Party Mayor of the County makes it extra special. I’m extremely grateful for the support I’ve received, and I’m really looking forward to the next year. I hope to meet as many people in our area as possible, and bring a Green perspective to the office of Mayor.
 
“Housing will be obviously be the key issue in DLR in the year ahead. As a Council, we must strive for better quality social housing, and deliver it in greater numbers. Housing that is affordable to run, warmer and more sustainable – better for our citizens, better for the taxpayer, and better for the environment. There are Green solutions to the serious challenges we face in DLR and in Ireland. My goal this year will be to advocate and highlight these solutions. I want DLR to be Ireland’s greenest county, and to lead by example in tackling the problems Ireland faces in a fair, equitable, and sustainable way.”
 
Way to go!

Dates for your diary:

 Zero Waste Festival:  Next Zero Waste Festival on June 24th at the St. Andrews Resource Centre, Pearse Street in Dublin 2. The festival will feature a mix of Zero Waste info stands, Zero Waste vendors, workshops, and talks.   Doors open at 10am with the workshops running from 11am to 4pm.

Dolphin’s Barn – Grand Canal Clean Up Volunteers   This organisation is more than picking up rubbish. We go out to show that we care about the canal. We also advocate for changes to the Canal maintenance to DCC and Waterways Ireland. This clean up group cover from Dolphins Barn Bridge to Sallys Bridge. We meet on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 1pm at the Dolphins Barn Bridge across from the bottle banks. Weather Permitting, we may not always be there if the weather is really bad. We provide litter pickers and gloves and we have arranged for DCC to pick up the litter afterwards. We are interested in advocacy to implement changes to the canal maintenance with Waterways Ireland.

Inchicore Environmental Group:  Meeting alternative months in the Village and along the Grand Canal at the Buffin Estate Residents Hall (BERA)

Drimnagh Summer festival will happen in and around Brickfields park on the 7th of July from 1pm to 5pm. Lots of family events planned. Put the date in your diary. A fun day out in our community.

Voting in the Irish Local Elections will be held on 24th May 2019. Ed Davitt and Oisín Ó HAlmhain will be our candidates for the Crumlin-Kimmage (including South-West Inner-City) and Ballyfermot-Drimnagh wards respectively.

The next Elections to the European Parliament will be held on the same date. A total of 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) currently represent some 500 million people from 28 member states. Ciaran Cuffe is the Green Party candidate in Dublin.

 

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Freedom to Choose (2)

A woman writes a note on the Savita Halappanavar mural in Portabello, Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty. Courtesy Irish Times

(28/05/2018) Congratulations to Ailbhe Smyth, all the campaigners of ‘Together for Yes’,  and especially our Green Party members for running a successful and informative campaign to repeal the Eight Amendment. Ed & Oisin and the team for canvasing, leaflets, erecting & removing our posters – Well Done, guys!

On a rather poor 59% turnout , Dublin South Central voted 74.8% Yes and 25.2% No. (Dublin Rathdown had 70% turnout, and voted 76.1% Yes, 23.9% No. Nationally there was a 64.1% turnout with Yes vote at 66.4% and No at 33.6%).

It was never about the 95%+ of happy births, Irish Society showed compassion by voting away an outright legal ban to help the tiny % of problem pregnancies and the mothers’ health. The struggle continues to improve the life of every family through universal healthcare, safe homes and streets, and quality education.

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Freedom to Choose

Hearing that Mr. Jean-Claude Junker, EU Commission president, was to be the keynote speaker at the 200th anniversary celebration of Karl Marx’s birth revived my memories of researching political philosophies of the 19th Century. The heated discussions on the roles of Capitalism, the State & Religion, and the Individual in Society; the authoritarian aspects of Marxism as opposed to the more democratic elements of Anarchism.

A major critic of Karl Marx’s thinking was Michael Bukunin. To quote K. J. Kenafick “The Marxian view was essentially that the State must be used to bring about and consolidate Socialism; the views of the Bakuninists (at this period beginning to be called “Anarchists”) was that the State must be abolished, and that it could never under any circumstances be used to obtain either Socialism or any form of social justice for the workers.” Whether State controls Society, or Society controls the State, or whether the State should only be local administrations or councils. Fear of the States’ Shock & Awe or winning the Hearts & Minds of Society – Top-down or Bottom-up – Centralisation or Subsidiarity politics.

The despotic regimes of Marx/Bukinin times could be compared to Donald Trump’s USA: One ruler directing a few hundred lackies to control an empire, dividing Society into friends and foes; relying on threats, police and an army to enforce His Authority. Modern “Marxist” regimes (a few leading the masses) are Putin’s Russia, Xi’s China, or maybe wannabe McDonald‘s Sinn Fein “They haven’t gone away, ye know”. When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called “the People’s Stick”.

In some aspects the Commission of Mr Junker seems happier dealing with the State & Corporate elites than with the millions of questioning voices of Society, poorly represented by the EU Parliament, but the invite was probably from todays German political party, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The world’s oldest Marxist political party founded as the General German Workers’ Association in 1863 in a world of absolute monarchies working hand in hand with Capitalists & Church, controlling press and justice, with the workers having no influence.

Michael Bakunin (1814-1876) absorbed the arguments of others like Wilhelm Weitling (1808-1871) who said: “The perfect society has no government but only an administration, no laws but only obligations, no punishments but means of correction.” Frenchman Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865) can be considered as the father of modern Anarchism, for he utterly rejected the very concept of Authority, in both politics and religion. Bakunin wrote: “Society, far from decreasing his freedom, on the contrary creates the individual freedom of all human beings. Society is the root, the tree, and liberty is its fruit. It can be said that the real and complete emancipation of every individual is the true, the great, the supreme aim of history.”

More on https://theanarchistlibrary.org/category/author/mikhail-bakunin

The reaction of people in the “Yes/No” referendum seem to mirror these age-old arguments. The “No” voice is that of Authority, Control and Religion. The “Yes” voice is of Society, Reason and Choice.

Life is living, life is changing! While I’m not wildly in favour of abortion, I would rather a doctor was party to the decision of my family, rather than a judge, lawyers, a dull line in a constitution and the shadow of a policeman at the door. I trust Society to do the best for Ireland, not the State, not the Church. My choice is to vote “Yes to Repeal the 8th”.

(28/05/2018) Congratulations to Ailbhe Smyth, all the campaigners of ‘Together for Yes’,  and especially our Green Party members for running a sucessful and informative campaign to repeal the Eigth Amendment. Ed & Oisin and the team for canvasing, leafleting, errecting & removing our posters – Well Done, guys!

It was never about the 95% of happy births, Irish Society showed compassion by voting to help the 5% of problem pregnancies and the mothers’ health. The struggle to improve the life of every family through universal healthcare, safe homes and quality education will continue.

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April 2018 Dolphins Barn Pitches

Dublin South Central (DSC) Green Party, on behalf of our supporters, are concerned by the plans to sell part of the lands of Dolphins Barn used by local GAA clubs to raise funds to build a new clubhouse with meeting rooms for the community and improve changing rooms and training facilities for the players.

Graphic of Proposed New Clubhouse

The grounds are owned by Templeogue Synge Street Gaelic Football Club who share the facilities with the Kevins hurling and camogie club and the combined clubs have a total of 44 teams – adult and children, male and female. The TSSGFC have 3 other playing fields closer to Templeogue, while Kevins rely on the Dolphins Barn fields and, while recognising the need for new player gym, changing, toilet & shower facilities, reject the proposal to sell part of the training pitches and loosing other land permanently to building works.

Quoting from an Irish Times article, “according to JJ O’Mahony, chairperson of the facilities group at Kevins GAA, the concern is not any allocation of funding, but simple access to playing space which can never be recovered once sold for property development purposes. “The key issue here is this is the only green area we have, on the edge of the most populated part of Ireland,” says O’Mahony.

DSC suggest funding should come from the central government Sports Capital Grants, DCC and philanthropic sources, without the need to sell part of the grounds.

Topics discussed at the DSC meeting included Guerrilla Gardening Day, scheduled on the 1st of May of every year, when guerrilla gardeners plant sunflowers in their neighborhoods, typically in public places perceived to be neglected, such as canal banks, neglected flower beds and roadside verges. Suggestions were for seeds of native plants.

 

Johnny Cloherty harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The ending of rights and commons to harvest seaweed along the Atlantic seashore  with the proposed licensing of exclusive seaweed harvesting rights to private companies with majority shareholders outside the State concerned members. The heritage of seaweed harvesting and the way local communities have protected and safeguarded the resource through sustainable harvesting practices over the generations should not be given to private and monopoly companies with ‘slash & burn’ practices. Seaweed has historically been used as a garden manure by farmers but is now used in the health food, animal probiotic, high-value fertiliser, cosmetic and therapy sectors. About 40,000 tonnes of seaweed is harvested in Ireland, more than 95 per cent of it naturally grown.

Two comments received:

1) I (Brian Kelly) as PRO of TSSGFC read you comments regarding our facilities with interest. Our statement regarding this development is here. Suggest you read in detail. http://www.tssgfc.com/news-detail/10037600/ To answer two specific issues raised: We will be providing more hours per week of playing facilities with our lighting and Astro etc. NOT less for the community. This is self funding and requires no taxpayer investment into our private property leaving any taxpayer funds that can sourced to be invested in even further public facilities elsewhere which would be a further win for the community .

2) Ger Doyle – We can’t let a valuable inner city amenity be lost for ever, keeping young inner city kids playing sports is worth more than any club house .

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